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CIFA (France)

The Commercial International France Amerique (CIFA) program is a collaboration between Université Paris-Dauphine (UD) and the University of South Carolina, providing students with the tools necessary to successfully compete in the French business environment. The program matches students from USC and UD to form a cohort of students that travel and learn together.

The University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business and Université Paris-Dauphine have partnered to form the Commerce International France Amerique (CIFA) program. This selective program is designed specifically for international business/finance majors with proficiency in both French and English and strong quantitative skills to be able to master the rigor of the finance curriculum. The CIFA program has a special emphasis on commerce between the United States and the European Union and economic issues related to the two regions. One of its cohorts is made up of students from USC and UD who study together for at least two years, taking courses on each other's campuses. In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge of French/European business and culture, students develop a ready-made network among French and American cohort members and professionals in each market that will serve them well throughout their professional careers.

Year Breakdown

Year 1: Students spend their freshman year at USC.

Year 2: Students continue their studies at USC where they will begin their business classes.

Year 3: USC students will travel to meet their UD cohort counterparts in France, where they will remain to complete their junior year.

Year 4: USC and UD students will move together to the United States and complete their final year as a group at USC.


CIFA students pay only their home institution for tuition. During students' year abroad, tuition will be assessed on an exchange basis — that is, they pay tuition to their home institutions rather than the university they visit. Exchange tuition is assessed at the in-state rate for USC students, regardless of residency status. Their housing and other living expenses will be based on the accommodations secured in-country and will vary accordingly. CIFA students will also need to budget for travel expenses between home and UD as well as expenses related to cohort activities.


The IB and finance curriculum is designed to be integrated across the two institutions, with preparation for the program beginning when students are freshmen. UD's multidisciplinary, professionally oriented approach makes them particularly well-suited for preparing business leaders to meet the challenges of a constantly and rapidly evolving world. Furthermore, their approach complements the distinctive capability of the International Business program at the Darla Moore School of Business, developing within students a global mindset and a contextual understanding of sociopolitical economics systems that influence markets and global business. USC students meeting the requirements of the cohort program are eligible to apply to the UD master's program.

Life Abroad

CIFA students have the opportunity to delve into the business world while embracing cultural exchanges. Through this program, they will learn the importance of mutual respect and tolerance as well as the value of a well-rounded education.

Université Paris-Dauphine

Université Paris-Dauphine is one of the French Grandes Écoles and is recognized as one of the top universities in the world. Grandes Écoles are elite schools that are highly selective in their admissions processes. Located in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, the focus of the Université Paris-Dauphine is on organization and decision sciences. They emphasize a multidisciplinary approach to education with programs in management, economics, law, social sciences, mathematics and information technologies. The programs are career-oriented and designed to support student employment opportunities. Their economics, finance and applied mathematics areas are quantitatively rigorous and particularly highly regarded.

The City and Language

UD is situated in the heart of Paris, a city that immerses our students in the rich culture and decadent traditions of France. With a campus located in the midst of the city, it is easy to tour the many museums and monuments that are so famous in their country. Paris is also an air-transport hub, with two international airports ready for any adventures our students might embark on. While there are classes at Université Paris-Dauphine offered in English, we encourage our students to consider taking all classes in French to assure their proficiency in the language when the graduate from the program.